A REPORT ON respite care for children will be launched next week.
Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald TD will launch Respite Services for Children with Life-Limiting Conditions and their Families in Ireland – A Needs Assessment on 4 March.
The Hospice Foundation said that this report provides a national overview of the current provision and future need for respite care for children with life-limiting conditions.
An estimated 1,400 children are living with life-limiting conditions in Ireland, and about 350 children die from a life-limiting condition each year, the majority in the first year of life.
This needs assessment was jointly funded by LauraLynn Ireland’s Children’s Hospice and the Irish Hospice Foundation, in partnership with the Health Service Executive.
It was completed to assist in the implementation of the policy document Palliative Care for Children with Life-limiting Conditions in Ireland – A National Policy ,which was launched by the Department of Health & Children in March 2010.